Collections Management For Costume & Textiles Online


Modules I – IV, Full Program

Instructor: Fionn Zarubica

October 9, 2022 – March 10, 2023

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Collections Management For Costume and Textiles Online is an international program specializing in training collections managers for costume and textiles collections management utilizing an online learning platform.

It brings an instructor guided and interactive experience to the online environment, providing opportunities for networking, cultural exchange and the sharing of ideas between students and professionals in the field.


The Collections Management For Costume and Textiles Online program provides instruction in contemporary techniques in the field of Museum Collections Management For Costume and Textiles.

It is the first program of its kind offered internationally to specialize in training collections managers for costume and textiles collections management utilizing an online learning platform.  It brings an instructor guided and interactive experience to the online environment, providing opportunities for networking, cultural exchange and the sharing of ideas between students and professionals in the field.

Costume and textile collections comprise a majority of the material culture currently in institutions worldwide. While all types of collections benefit from leading-edge methods in collections management, costume and textiles have unique requirements for their care, management and exhibition.  To be qualified to act as a costume and textiles collections manager necessitates advanced training in the field.

After completing the four online modules, participants will be prepared to help meet the growing demand for skilled professionals to work with costume and textile collections in museums, archives, private and corporate collections internationally.

Lead by Fionn Zarubica, an expert in Costume and Textile Collections Management from the United States, the sixteen-week program will be divided into four modules and will provide basic and advanced instruction in state of the art and sustainable costume and textile collections care.  Topics will include preventive conservation, registration methods, secure art handling, packing, storing, transportation, inventive exhibition planning, mount making, installation and de-installation and public outreach.

Program Outline

MODULE I – Introduction To Costume And Textiles Collections Management

Topics Include

  • Textiles – How They Define, Describe and Where They Are Revealed
  • Professional Terminology
  • Exhibitions and Permanent Collections
  • Museums and Collections

MODULE II – Nature of Materials and Agents of Deterioration

Topics Include

  • Materials
  • Textile Technique
  • Agents of Deterioration – Light and Relative Humidity
  • Agents of Deterioration – Pests, Fungi and Air-borne Contaminants
  • Preventive Conservation

MODULE III – Care and Storage, Part I

Topics Include

  • Basic Handling
  • Storage and Workplace Safety
  • Planning a Storage Facility
  • Storage: Storage Systems
  • Storage Methods and Materials
  • Preparing the Budget

MODULE IV – Care and Storage, Part II

Topics Include

  • Exhibition Planning
  • Mounting Methods
  • Documentation
  • Risk Management
  • Transportation and Loans

Who Is This Program For?

  • Museum, archive, collections and gallery professionals who work with textiles regularly and wish to augment their skills
  • Students of Textile Conservation and Museology
  • Private collectors
  • Volunteers and docents
  • Professionals in the theatrical costume, apparel, and textile fields who wish to improve their skill sets
  • Those interested in pursuing a career in Costume and Textiles Collections Management

Schedule & Dates

Schedule:  Mondays thru Fridays, 12:01 AM – 11:59 PM

October 9 – November 4, 2022
November 20 – December 9, 2022
January 9 – February 3, 2023
February 13 – March 10, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

Is The Program Offered Completely Online?

  • Yes.  All Modules are offered online

Do I Need A Particular Level of Degree From A University To Participate?

  • No. This is a professional development program and a university degree is not required.

Do I Need To Have Studied Conservation Or Art History To Participate?

  • No.  We are looking for participants with a genuine interest in the field of Collections Management and in learning the skills associated with it

Do I Need To Be Able To Read and Write in English?

  • Yes.  Museums internationally communicate in English and it is a required skill for this program

How Long Is The Program?

  • The program is eighteen weeks, divided into four separate modules over the course of seven months.  Each module is four weeks in length.

Can I Take The Modules In Any Order?

  • The modules need to be taken in order, as each curriculum builds on the next

How Many Modules Are In The Program?

  • There are four modules

What If I am Interested In Taking Only One Module?

  • The four modules must be taken in order

What If I Complete Module I (one) And Then Cannot Continue? Can I Take The Other Modules Later Or Do I Have To Start Over?

  • The modules must be taken in order, but can be taken in different sessions
  • The only module that may be enrolled in without previous participation is Module I
  • We recommend completing the program in two years

What Kinds Of Weekly Assignments Are There?

  • Discussions – you will be asked to respond to one or more discussion questions weekly.  The questions will require you to apply what you have learned
  • Weekly assignments – there will be assignments each week.  These may include hands-on tasks, essays, participation in online discussions, and/or visits to a museum or other institution.
  • Reading – most weeks will include a reading assignment

How Will I Be Graded?

  • There is no grade for any of the modules. However, Fionn Zarubica Learn reserves the right to ask a student to withdraw if that student is not able to keep up with the program and/or the program expectations

Do I Need To Purchase Any Textbooks?

  • No, but there will be some reading provided online and recommended reading lists made available

Will I Have An Instructor?

  • Each module has an instructor who is an expert in the field

Will I Be Able To Work At My Own Pace?

  • To a certain degree. Topics will be released one at a time at the beginning of each week. Therefore, you may not work ahead in the module. In addition, you will be expected to complete tasks by a certain day each week.
  • You will be able to work at your own pace in that you can choose when during the day or week it is most convenient for you to work on the module

Will I Be The Only Student Working With The Instructor?

  • No. There will be other students in the module, dependent upon enrollment. You will be expected to interact with your classmates and the instructor each week.

How Much Time Can I Expect To Spend On My Module Each Week?

  • Plan on spending approximately 5-10 hours per week for reading (online and off-line), engaging in assigned tasks and/or writing, and participating in class discussion
  • Actual time will vary from person to person due to each person’s English language facility, amount of previous background experience in a topic and reading and writing speed

How Often Will I Be Expected To Log In And Participate?

  • The instructor will provide information on how often you will need to log in each week.
  • The online week has six days- Day 1 Monday
    – Day 2 Tuesday
    – Day 3 Wednesday
    – Day 4 Thursday
    – Day 5 Friday
    – Day 6 Saturday

What Constitutes Participation?

  • Attendance, including

– Punctuality
– Completion of assignments
– Contribution to the discussions
– Being actively involved in discussions, which are posted on the discussion board by the instructor, and contributing in meaningful ways, such as

  • Contributing new and relevant information to the discussions from personal experience
  • Building on the remarks of your fellow students
  • Posing questions for your fellow students
  • Sharing articles, news items, web sites, and other supplementary information

What Are The Technical Requirements?

  • Participants will need

– Reliable internet access and a computer with the latest Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browser, or a Macintosh computer with the latest version of Safari or Internet Explorer to access the class

– The latest Flash Player to access the animations and some graphics. Both of these items are available as free downloads from the Microsoft, Mozilla, and Adobe web sites